I don't doubt you one bit Slam, but my Dad flies Hueys solo on a regular basis. Don't know what the dealio is, but I'll ask him. And I know for a fact on one particuliar flight back in Nam in a UH-1D he dropped off a high ranking officer of some sort for a meeting and killed about an hour flying solo until he was radio'ed to come back.
Last weekend he brought a Bell 205 A-1 (UH-1H style) Huey up from Punta Gorda, FL
, to Edgewater (just south of DAB
). He flew it up here alone, no ballast needed.
He gave lots of rides to family and friends over the weekend before ferrying it on to Texas. I even got some stick time, trying my hand at hovering it over the marshes at Ponce Inlet. Love it!
I don't have a scanner, but my sister just bought one and I'll try to post some pictures later this week.
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